Minnesota High School Students Win Top Prize in International Competition Honoring 'Unsung Heroes'

September 20, 2018 02:32 PM

A group of Minnesota high school students recently got a special surprise and world-wide recognition.

Emma McCarthy and Aiko Mattie, freshman at Open World Learning Community in St. Paul, took home the grand prize in an international competition for a creative research project.


The teens entered the "Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes Discovery Award Competition."

It allows students like McCarthy and Mattie from around the world to tell stories of people whose positive impact on history remains largely unknown.

The girls created a website about Geraldyn 'Jerrie' Cobb.

In the 1960's, during the early days of manned space flight, Cobb fought for women to be allowed to fly into space alongside men.

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McCarthy and Mattie beat out hundreds of other students and now share a $7,500 check as part of their victory.

"Very excited and just overall really happy Jerrie Cobb got the recognition she deserved for everything she did for women in space," McCarthy said.

"I definitely think we worked very hard, (and) as Mattie said, Jerry Cobb does deserve the recognition, but I was very surprised when we came in and found out," Mattie added.

Both said the money will go toward paying for college.


Jonathan Rozelle

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